In Armenia, Prime Minister Pashinian creates controversy against the backdrop of a fragile truce with Azerbaijan

In Armenia, Prime Minister Pashinian creates controversy against the backdrop of a fragile truce with Azerbaijan

In Armenia, Prime Minister Pashinian creates controversy against the backdrop of a fragile truce with Azerbaijan

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian delivers a speech to the National Assembly in Yerevan, September 13, 2022.

Were the words of the Armenian Prime Minister misunderstood or was it a strategy to end hostilities with Baku? As heavy fighting erupted on Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 September on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan, raising fears of a new conflict, Nikol Pashinian sowed amazement during his speech in Parliament on Wednesday, saying you are ready to “Making heavy decisions for the sake of peace”.

“We want to sign a document, after which many people will criticize us, insult us, call us traitors and may even decide to kick us out of the government, he has declared. But we will be satisfied if, thanks to this agreement, Armenia and its 29,800 square kilometers achieve lasting peace and security. I am ready to sign any decision that guarantees this. ” Nikol Pashinian has not detailed the content of this document. Faced with the controversy, he then made it clear on Facebook that he would not sign “no one who jeopardizes the territorial integrity of Armenia” and that nothing of the sort was ” On [sa] table “ Right now.

Events

These explanations, obviously too late, did not convince. Many believed that he was ready to give in to Baku’s demands and recognize Azerbaijan’s sovereignty over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh enclave. Thousands of people took to the streets on Wednesday evening in Yerevan to demand his resignation. Hundreds of others demonstrated in Stepanakert, the “capital” of the separatist enclave. The leader of this self-proclaimed republic, Arayik Haroutiounian, said so “Any document that can recognize Artsakh [Haut-Karabakh] as part of Azerbaijan is unacceptable “. The enclave is mainly populated by Armenians but is recognized by the international community as an integral part of Azerbaijan.

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Did the head of government show clumsiness in front of Parliament? “His intervention aimed to stop the clashes at the border”affirms a World an expert source on the subject. Hostilities between the two former Soviet republics ceased shortly after his declaration. A negotiated ceasefire went into effect Wednesday at 8pm, said Armen Grigoryan, secretary of the Armenian Security Council. The situation at the border was calm on Thursday, according to Yerevan, which said no violations were reported. A previous truce, negotiated a few hours earlier by Russia, had quickly failed.

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